A recent study, has shown that texting is more than 23 times more dangerous than talking on a cell phone while driving. To put it another way, that’s 2,200 percent riskier. And earlier studies by have shown that merely holding a conversation even on a hands-free cell phone is as dangerous as drunk driving.
AAM consists of 11 automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Many of the organization’s members are developing hands-free and voice recognition systems that will allow drivers to send and receive text messages and phone calls without looking away from the road. That may reduce the danger, but it still leaves motorists as vulnerable as having a drunken driver on the road, according to a joint study by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF).
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